Phillies, Shoprite to hold Food Drive on July 8

The Phillies and ShopRite announced today that they will host the second annual ShopRite Partners In Caring food drive to benefit Philabundance at the Sunday, July 8th Phillies vs. Braves game at Citizens Bank Park. Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation to the ShopRite Can Can truck parked on Citizens Bank Way between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. will receive a FREE ShopRite re-usable grocery bag, while supplies last. Fans can also drop off their donations in Philabundance bins located at Citizens Bank Park entrance gates.

This year, the iconic ShopRite truck, featuring the ShopRite Can Can dancers, will also be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of ShopRite's famous Summer Can Can sale. ShopRite hopes to collect more than 10,000 pounds of food to benefit those in need in the Delaware Valley.

Additional highlights of the day's events include:

  • Music by 98.1 WOGL;
  • ShopRite Can Can dancing;
  • Fun events for kids of all ages, presented by ShopRite and The Please Touch Museum;
  • A chance to win tickets to the upcoming "ShopRite Jimmy Rollins Back-to-School Cooler Giveaway Night" at the Phillies game on Sunday, August 26;
  • Food sampling, while supplies last;
  • An appearance by the Phillie Phanatic*;
  • And... a special visit by Phillies legend Greg "The Bull" Luzinski*.

The event is open to the public; game tickets are not required to access the ShopRite Partners In Caring food drive on Citizens Bank Way.

ShopRite is a proud sponsor of the Phillies and a longtime friend to Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite donates more than $3 million annually to food banks, such as Philabundance, throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

ShopRite is also one of the many Phillies partners taking part in the Phans Feeding Families month-long initiative, aimed to help raise money and collect food to feed the 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley that are at risk of hunger each year. For more information, please visit www.phillies.com/feedingfamilies.

"ShopRite is proud to partner with the Phillies to address one of the most important issues facing us today - that of hunger in our communities," said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring. "We are dedicated to this cause and since 1999 have donated more than $2 million to Philabundance through our ShopRite Partners In Caring program."

"ShopRite continues to prove that they are a great partner in helping families in need," said Dave Buck, Phillies Senior Vice President of Marketing & Advertising Sales. "Based on last year's results, we are confident that, once again, we will make a significant impact through the support of ShopRite and the many fans who get involved in this unique food drive."

"ShopRite and the ShopRite Partners in Caring program are amazing longtime supporters of Philabundance and the fight against hunger," said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. "Without partners like ShopRite, Philabundance would not be able to fulfill our mission and help feed 65,000 people each week."

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About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With nearly 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $27 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA's ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $24 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award.

About Philabundance
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through direct service programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance's Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).